SUNY Chancellor Visits SUNY CCC

SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras met with College President William P. Mullaney and campus and student leaders on Wednesday before touring several areas of the Spencer Hill campus.

"We met with some students and senior leaders and [will] translate that into actionable items,” said Malatras, adding that he's happy to be able to check in with students during the ongoing pandemic. 

His first order of business was learning about SUNY CCC's COVID-19 testing system, speaking with the College nurse about procedures and testing results.

"The chance to sit next to him and see his reaction and see him interact with the students, that's priceless,’’ said Dr. Mullaney.

Following a roundtable discussion with campus leaders, Malatras took a tour of the Katherine P. Douglas Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. He also stopped by the newly completed on-campus food pantry, Baron Necessities, where he spoke about the crucial issue of food insecurity among college students. His final stop on the tour was the Arthur A. Houghton Library. 

chancellor tours library

During his visit, Malatras spoke about a free online certificate program for SUNY students. He also shared that the SUNY system has completed more than 1.2 million COVID-19 since the start of the fall semester. 

SUNY CCC has conducted 2,418 tests since the end of January, with mandatory weekly testing in place for all students, faculty and staff who visit any of the College's campuses. 

Malatras also noted that the hands-on learning, technical courses and real world experience SUNY CCC offers students is impressive.

"There's great work being done here," he told the media during his visit. "You can really tell students are excited about it."